USA: Ban Factory Farms and Transition to a More Humane Food System

US S. 3221/H.R. 6718—Farm System Reform Act
ASPCA Position: Support
Sponsors: Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA)

Almost 10 billion animals are raised on U.S. factory farms every year, crowded together in intensive confinement and unable to carry out even some of their most basic natural behaviors. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the cruelty of industrial animal agriculture: Millions of animals are being killed en masse, often referred to as “depopulation,” and workers are sickened and dying from exposure to coronavirus in slaughterhouses.

Instead of continuing to support a broken system that is failing all of us, we need a bold vision for a more humane food system free of factory farming.

The Farm System Reform Act (S. 3221/H.R. 6718), a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and in the House by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), offers a roadmap for a better world for farm animals. This bill will:

  • Place an immediate moratorium on the expansion or construction of new large “concentrated animal feeding operations” (CAFOs).
  • Phase out the operation of all large CAFOs by 2040.
  • Provide $100 billion in much-needed funding to help farmers transition away from factory farming to higher welfare, pasture-based production or to transition to growing fruits, vegetables and other crops.
  • Create important reforms to hold factory farms accountable for the harms they cause in local communities and the way they treat contract farmers.